The formation of the Cypriot Mule Corps
in Serving the empire in the Great War
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In summer 1916, the British authorities established the Cypriot Mule Corps for service in the British army at the Salonica Front. This chapter deals with its formation, answering why and how it was formed, why Cypriot mules and men were selected, and outlining the roles of the various authorities involved. In the absence of a document that discloses why Cypriot mules and drivers were chosen, this chapter suggests prior British experiences. By integrating the local with the global, this chapter shows how the British Empire operated and how Cypriot mules and muleteers were selected for this important war service. A historical survey shows that Cypriot mules and muleteers had good reputations. The organisation and running of the Cypriot Mule Corps was a complex endeavour involving three different authorities: the British military authorities in Salonica; the Cypriot government in Nicosia and Troodos; and the Mule Purchasing Commission.

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